Course Description

Childhood Trauma

CHILDHOOD TRAUMA: FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH

Has your child or a child you are supporting experienced physical or sexual abuse? Exposed to the foster care system? Suffered through a tragic event? Experienced neglect? Witnessed or experienced violence? Endured extreme bullying? Or been impacted by a high-conflict divorce?

Trauma can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. Children with trauma can present significant challenges. They often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them. During this seminar, we will explore the impact of trauma on neurological development and how this presents in children’s behaviours. The impact on the attachment system will also be examined, as will the role of relationships in healing and growth. Strategies to support children following experiences of trauma will be presented, giving attendees concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives and care for themselves.

This workshop aims to offer practical information to caregivers and professionals on why certain behaviours may be present, and how they can support their children in moving towards growth and healing.
Our Aim

Objectives

  • Examine the impact of trauma on neurological development.
  • Explore the impact of trauma on attachment systems and relational patterns.
  • Foster a greater understanding of behavioural patterns commonly associated with traumatic experiences..
  • Develop tools and strategies to support the children in.
  • Learn about appropriate treatment options available based on the type of trauma a child has experienced and the timing of the incident.
  • Highlight the importance of self-care for those who are supporting children that have experiences of trauma.

Event Info

Morgan
Speaker

Morgan Bissegger

Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist, Director of Clinical Services

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of the Fraser Valley, in British Columbia in 2010. During this time, I also worked in residential care settings with children and youth who had experienced significant trauma and presented with complex mental health challenges. Through a process of seeking support and guidance to best support these individuals I began to learn about attachment theory and the impacts of trauma on development. This knowledge now serves as my foundation.

In 2012, I began my Masters in Counselling Psychology at the City University of Seattle. While completing this degree, I also worked in a school setting supporting complex mental health in the classroom. Through this work, I continued to witness the importance of relationships in the developmental process. In 2015, I completed my graduate degree and began work as a Child and Adolescent therapist at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE), and also began a small private practice. I still hold both positions today and value you the rich learning and experience they provide me. I work primarily from an attachment perspective and believe that relationship is an essential component of healing. I help my clients to develop a sense of safety in relationships in order to create an environment in which they can process their experiences. I also support parents in understanding the impacts of trauma and developing strategies in supporting their children at home.

I feel privileged to continually have the opportunity to learn from the children, youth and families that I work with. I strive to work collaboratively with my clients so that I may learn about their unique experiences and support them on their path toward growth and healing.

Presale

$ 175
  • Aug 15 - Aug 30

Early Bird

$ 200
  • Sep 01 - Oct 15

Full

$ 250
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Low Income

$ 75
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One Day

$ 125
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